May 10, 2018, For Immediate Release
Mayor Launches Downtown Revitalization Initiative Public Comment Period with a National Historic Preservation Month Theme
Mayor Michael D. Quill announced today that the City of Auburn is ready to compete in the 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) program by opening a two-week public comment period to solicit public and stakeholder input for the plan.
“The month of May is also National Historic Preservation Month and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s #ThisPlaceMatters campaign encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. So, this year the City is merging Preservation Month with our 2018 DRI public comment process,” stated Mayor Quill.
Now in its third year the DRI program is a major initiative introduced by Governor Cuomo which will invest $100 million in ten downtown communities throughout the state. One community in each region of the state will be awarded a $10 million grant towards downtown revitalization projects. Auburn is in the Central New York economic development region.
The City is asking the public to share thoughts for why Downtown Auburn matters. The Public Comment Period will last from May 10, 2018 through May 25, 2018. There are a number of ways the people of Auburn can participate:
1. Fill out a #ThisPlaceMatters Public Comment Card to submit your ideas and public comments. The cards are available for pick-up and submission at the Mayor’s office at Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street or at the Office of the Downtown Auburn Business Improvement District (BID) at 128 Genesee Street.
2. Visit the City of Auburn web page at www.AuburnNY.gov and click on the 2018 DRI link to visit the public comment page and easily submit your comments online.
3. Attend the May 17, 2018 Auburn City Council meeting at Memorial City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. A special 2018 DRI Public To Be Heard session will be held at the beginning of this meeting to allow individuals that would like to publicly share their thoughts with the City Council.
To be considered for this year’s plan all public comments are due to the Office of the Mayor and Council at Memorial City Hall, 24 South Street by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25th. The 2018 DRI grant application is due to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council on June 1, 2018.